By Ethan Nadelmann
Members of Congress recently introduced three new bills that would protect people who grow, sell and use medical marijuana from federal arrest and prosecution.
Now it is up to us to rally support for these crucial bills.Urge your U.S. representative to co-sponsor bills protecting medical marijuana today.
In the past few months, powerful opponents who are bent on shutting down medical marijuana programs have been taking alarming actions. The DEA has been raiding dispensaries and federal government lawyers have sent threatening letters attempting to scare state officials into denying patients the medicine they need.
We're fighting back. With the help of DPA supporters like you, we've sent over 25,000 letters to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to stop the federal government's threats and to respect patients' needs. And on June 2, international leaders came together to denounce the war on drugs and call for new policies based on science, health and human rights.
Now, these bills would provide an iron-clad way to protect state programs and move toward more sensible drug policy in the U.S.
Without a change in federal law, medical marijuana patients will be forced to continue to put up with the whims of whoever is in power. We've already seen the Obama Administration do an about-face on the issue of medical marijuana — after Obama promised not to waste federal funds on raids against legal state medical marijuana programs.
This new legislation would protect medical marijuana programs — for good.Take action now! Write your representative and show there is widespread support for medical marijuana programs.
Thank you again for all your support.